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September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Older Hybrid Models for Overheating, Stalling

The recall affects 70,209 2005-2008 model-year Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles and 2006-2008-MY Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Mercury, Mercury Mariner, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2005-MY, Ford, NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driver Scanning

When drivers continually scan their surroundings, they can better anticipate hazards and maintain a space cushion around their vehicle. Here is some advice on driver scanning.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Ford, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Tags: Cutaway Vans, Ford Transit, Ford, Ford E-450

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's Escape, Focus ST Recall to Begin Sept. 29

Photo of 2014 Ford Escape courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall, first reported last month, affects 133,227 2013-2014 model-year Escape and Focus ST vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Ford Escape, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Crossovers, Ford Focus ST, Hatchbacks

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers

September 5, 2014 - Global News

Ford Achieves Landfill-Free Status in Canada

Ford's Oakville, Canada, plant has achieved landfill- free status. Photo: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company's Oakville (Canada) Assembly plant now sends no operational waste-to-landfill, an achievement that gives the automaker the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Sustainability, Ford

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 F-450 to Meet Towing Standard

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup truck will meet the Society of Automotive Engineers' J2807 towing standard with a capability of hauling 31,200 pounds, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford F-450, Towing, Ford, Pickup Trucks

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

First 2015 Mustang Rolls Off Production Line

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 Mustang at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary and enters the sixth generation of its pony car.

Tags: Assembly Plant, Ford Mustang, Ford, 2015-MY, Sports Cars

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Improves F-150's Aerodynamic Efficiency

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford engineers have implemented several improvements to the 2015 F-150 pickup truck that should improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Aerodynamics

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

2015 F-150s With Special Fleet Requirements to Arrive in February

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Fleets who order special versions of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck can expect to receive their vehicles in February, following the arrival of more standard versions later this year.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Ford, 2015-MY, Order to Delivery

August 23, 2014 - Industry News

Steering Gear Issue Triggers Ford Focus, C-MAX Hybrid Recall

Photo of Ford C-MAX Hybrid courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall affects 616 Ford vehicles manufactured earlier this month in Detroit.

Tags: Ford Focus, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 19, 2014 - Global News

Ford Testing Right-Hand-Drive for 2015 Mustang

Photo courtesy of Ford.

For the first time in 50 years, Ford Motor Co. is testing a right-hand-drive configuration for its refreshed pony car.

Tags: Ford Mustang, Right-Hand Drive, Ford, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Wiring Issue Prompts Ford Focus, Escape Recall

Photo of 2014 Ford Focus ST courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall affects more than 159,000 2013-2014 model-year vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Sedans, Hatchbacks, Crossovers, Ford Focus ST

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOE Awards $55M for EV Development

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $55 million to projects expected to advance battery-electric vehicle technology and adaption for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Chrysler, Ford, Transmissions, U.S. Department of Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Connect Sales Rise 29 Percent

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect cargo van courtesy of Ford.

Sales of Ford's Transit Connect cargo van and wagon increased 27 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Passenger Vans, Cargo Vans, 2014-MY

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit to Appear on 'Farm Kings' Reality Show

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's new full-size van that's replacing its E-Series vans will help the show's King family complete farm chores during the fourth season of the reality series that begins at 10 p.m. East Coast time on Aug. 15.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Farming

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Gets Seamless Sliding Rear Window

The 2015 Ford F-150's new seamless sliding rear window design. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Developed by automotive supplier Magna International, the 2015 F-150's new seamless sliding window design conceals the vertical seams typically seen on conventional pickup truck sliding rear windows.

Tags: Ford, F-150, Rear Window, Seamless, Magna International

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 2015 Transit Vans for Brake, Door Issues

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit van courtesy of Ford.

The automaker is also recalling Lincoln MKC SUVs to address windshield defects that might affect driver visibility.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Lincoln, Ford, Ford Transit, 2015-MY, Luxury SUVs, Lincoln MKC

August 6, 2014 - Global News

Nissan and Toyota Nab Best Fleet Value in Canada Awards

Nissan and Toyota shared the top spot in the third annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards with each manufacturer earning eight Vincentric awards.

Tags: Toyota, Canada, Vincentric, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Best Fleet Value

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Vincentric Announces Best CPO Value Awards

Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford and Toyota each took seven categories in Vincentric's 2014 Best CPO (certified pre-owned) Value awards announced today that covered 41 vehicle segments as well as three affordable brands.

Tags: Vincentric, CPO, Toyota, Ford, Buick, Honda, Chevrolet, Depreciation

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Offers No-Cost Motorcraft Brake Pad Replacement

Photo of Motorcraft brake pads courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun replacing Motorcraft brake pads at no cost on certain commercial vehicles at Ford and Lincoln dealerships, as well as Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.

Tags: Ford, Brakes, Motorcraft

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Truck Contest Offers Transit, Transit Connect Prizes

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Commercial Truck has launched the Transit Means Business Challenge contest to offer a 2015 Transit or 2015 Transit Connect to a business owner who can make the strongest case for how it would use the van, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Contest, Ford, Ford Transit

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Questions Ford's 'Best-in-Class' F-450 Claim

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram Truck is questioning Ford's claim that its 2015 F-450 holds the "best-in-class" towing rating for heavy-duty pickup trucks announced earlier this month.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford F-450, Towing, Ford, Ram 3500, Heavy-Duty Pickup

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Prices Rise for Ford's 2015 F-150, Order Bank Opens

Photo of 2015 F-150 XL courtesy of Ford.

Ford's U.S. dealers began ordering the 2015 F-150 this week after receiving pricing for the light-duty pickup that will increase due to the increased use of aluminum in the body.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pricing, Ford, 2015-MY, Light-Duty Trucks

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 F-150 Sheds 732 Pounds In Weigh In

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's extensive use of aluminum shaved 732 pounds from the weight of two comparable trucks the company weighed for the media at an event earlier this week.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Lightweighting, Pickup Trucks, 2015-MY

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